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Remembering Sidney Weiss: A Life of Musical Mastery and Artistic Passion


FAREWELL - On January 12th, 2024, the world of music and art bid farewell to a true legend. Sidney Weiss, the virtuoso concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor of the Glendale Symphony, renowned violin and bow maker, and a creator of exquisite miniatures, passed away peacefully at the age of 95. His remarkable journey through life was a testament to his unbridled passion for music, art, and craftsmanship.

Born into a world filled with melodies and harmonies, Sidney's love affair with music began at a young age. He displayed an extraordinary talent for the violin, and as he honed his skills, it became evident that he was destined for greatness. Sidney's dedication and unwavering commitment to his craft led him to become the concertmaster of the prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, where his melodic strings guided the symphony to new heights.

But Sidney's talents extended beyond the realm of performance. He was a master violin and bow maker, crafting instruments that were not only exquisite in sound but also breathtaking in their craftsmanship. His violins were coveted by musicians around the world, a testament to his skill and artistry.

One of Sidney's most unique talents was his ability to create miniature masterpieces. He had a particular fascination with replicating furniture from the J. Paul Getty Museum, painstakingly crafting each piece with meticulous attention to detail. These miniature works of art captured the essence of the original furniture, earning Sidney accolades from art enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Sidney's musical journey was intertwined with the love of his life, Jeanne, a concert pianist of equal renown. Together, they formed the formidable "Weiss Duo" and embarked on musical tours that took them across the globe. Their performances were not just a harmonious union of strings and keys; they were a testament to the deep love and connection they shared. Tragically, the world lost Jeanne on July 3, 2022, marking the end of a remarkable musical partnership that had enriched the lives of countless listeners.

For six glorious years, Sidney and Jeanne called Monaco home, basking in the beauty and serenity of the Mediterranean coast. It was a period of artistic inspiration and tranquility, where their music resonated with the azure waters and picturesque landscapes that surrounded them.

As we bid farewell to Sidney Weiss, we celebrate a life that was not only long and full but also extraordinarily productive. His music will continue to echo in the hearts of those who had the privilege of hearing it, and his artistry will live on in the instruments and miniatures he crafted with love and passion. Sidney Weiss leaves behind a legacy that reminds us of the profound beauty that can be created through music and art, a legacy that we will cherish and honor for generations to come. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit will forever inspire the world.

( James Frederick is a regular contributor to CityWatch.)